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Conference expansion leaves UH football with conundrum

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 11:54 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

The Mountain West Conference's expansion to 12 games and addition of a championship game has left the University of Hawaii with a dilemma:

What to do with its scheduled Dec. 7 home game with Brigham Young?

Because it will have 12 teams, the MWC will be able to hold a championship game between the winners of the two divisions. The conference announced today via Twitter that it will hold that title game Dec. 7 at the site of the highest-ranked team, according to Bowl Championship Series rankings.

UH athletic director Ben Jay said, " I will have to talk to them (BYU)."

The conference said UH will be in the Western Division of the new-look MWC season, the conference announced on Twitter this morning.

Joining the Warriors in the West will be Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and Nevada-Las Vegas.

The Eastern Division will be composed of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming.

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WarriorNY wrote:
I really wish we could start the season one week earlier than everyone else. It would give us back the benefits of having the "Hawaii Exemption." I wonder if the NCAA would ever consider that...
on January 22,2013 | 09:25AM
Pocho wrote:
reschedule would be best if possible, we all know the rivalry and I could imaging the gate receipts that comes with it
on January 22,2013 | 11:56AM
frontman wrote:
The old WAC is back....................... with the teams in the West and throw in 3 Lamars, UH should make it to the Hawaii Bowl.
on January 22,2013 | 01:27PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Do to BYU what BYU did to UH -- DUMP THEM!
on January 22,2013 | 09:30AM
false wrote:
That sounds like the most logical thing to do.
on January 22,2013 | 10:12AM
busterb wrote:
Move them up to Sept 28. They play Utah the week before and USU the week after... Our schedule isn't set yet, so should work out. But we lose a bye week.
on January 22,2013 | 09:39AM
papajoe2 wrote:
If we don't qualify for the championship game then all this talk of moving the BYU game will be moot. I hope we are allowed a week earlier too. I emailed J Donovan a few years ago, since most big school conferences will have a championship game and takes away most big name opponents in early December, to petition the NCAA to start our season a week earlier as part of the Hawaii exemption.
on January 22,2013 | 09:54AM
false wrote:
Did he answer you? Donavan.
on January 22,2013 | 10:13AM
bigislandkurt wrote:
I wish the championship game was at a neutral site. Or possibly in Las Vegas each year. :) Don't think UNLV will be in that championship game anytime soon.
on January 22,2013 | 10:13AM
KammyKam wrote:
Don't think Hawaii will be there either
on January 22,2013 | 03:43PM
GeoDiva wrote:
No worries! We don't even have a chance to be in the chanmpionship game this upcoming season.
on January 22,2013 | 11:12AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A poll will show that 55% will agree with u, just as 55% agreed to build the rail.
on January 22,2013 | 11:24AM
TheKagawas wrote:
Is UH really going to compete for the Mountain West West? More importantly... Is that what they are going to call the sub conferences? Mountain West-East and Mountain West-West?
on January 22,2013 | 11:15AM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
The MWC has announced it will call the divisions "Mountain" and "West". Makes sense.
on January 22,2013 | 11:59AM
rayhawaii wrote:
That logo gives me a headache
on January 22,2013 | 11:19AM
st1d wrote:
it's a knockoff of the dr. who logo on bbc.
on January 22,2013 | 12:55PM
Kawipoo wrote:
This is just the WAC again! Same rotten teams but that is what Hawaii wants so they can win at least one game this season.
on January 22,2013 | 11:42AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Hey Warriors, go ahead and keep the game as scheduled. We checked your calendar, and trust us, you'll be free that day.
on January 22,2013 | 11:43AM
hon2255 wrote:
Hey, Ben Jay ,when is the UNLV game going to happen, no date seen in schedule yet, a lot of us want to travel to Vegas !
on January 22,2013 | 11:46AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I hear they're having a hot dog eating contest...that's as good a reason as any.
on January 22,2013 | 11:57AM
jm2375 wrote:
BTW, it's the Mountain and West divisions.
on January 22,2013 | 12:10PM
Holomua wrote:
on January 22,2013 | 12:11PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Keep the BYU game if it's next year.
on January 22,2013 | 12:12PM
IkaikaClothingofHNL wrote:
Welcome back to the WAC, I mean the West Conference of the Mountain West! Hope the cost for season tickets don't go up for this schedule. UNLV and SJSU? Even though SJSU probably would punish us! Oh well...Go Warriors!
on January 22,2013 | 12:15PM
honopic wrote:
Simple solution: Play BYU earlier in the season and have the Championship game on Dec 7th at a neutral site -- Aloha Stadium! Might even fit in team visits to Pearl Harbor as part of the festivities.
on January 22,2013 | 01:17PM
BH90210 wrote:
No mattah we not goin make em anyways - ah cah mon!
on January 22,2013 | 01:59PM
Wazdat wrote:
I doubt Hawaii will be playing for the MWC title. wishful thinking at best.
on January 22,2013 | 02:09PM
808comp wrote:
Looks like the old WAC again.
on January 22,2013 | 02:29PM
psimmons wrote:
UH athletic director Ben Jay said, " I will have to talk to them (BYU)." Yeah, you do that. That's what most sensible people would do.
on January 22,2013 | 02:38PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Why all the hate for Hawaii and the Mountain West, all of you that don't like the team or the conference pick another one to follow. Dam cry babies always crying grow up!
on January 22,2013 | 03:11PM
Wazdat wrote:
no hate just NOT HAPPY with the way the team looked last year. Coach Chow needs to IMPROVE his offense or no more fans in da stands.
on January 22,2013 | 03:18PM
BTO wrote:
This is the WAC 1982 all over again - AWRIGHT - Bring in the old RAINBOW WHITE HELMETS, I heard Wags is retired from Kamehameha-HI. Need the wing T.
on January 22,2013 | 03:58PM
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